Definitions for reignreɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the period during which a sovereign occupies the throne.

  2. royal rule or authority; sovereignty.

  3. dominating power or influence:

    the reign of law.

  4. (v.i.)to possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; rule.

  5. to hold the position and name of sovereign without exercising the ruling power.

  6. to have control or influence.

  7. to be prevalent; prevail.

Origin of reign:

1225–75; (n.) ME reine, regne < OF reigne < L rēgnum realm, reign, der. of rēx, s. rēg- king; (v.) ME reinen, regnen < OF reignier < L rēgnāre, der. of rēgnum

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reign(noun)

    a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful

    "he was helpless under the reign of his egotism"

  2. reign(noun)

    the period during which a monarch is sovereign

    "during the reign of Henry VIII"

  3. reign, sovereignty(verb)

    royal authority; the dominion of a monarch

  4. reign(verb)

    have sovereign power

    "Henry VIII reigned for a long time"

  5. predominate, dominate, rule, reign, prevail(verb)

    be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

    "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. reign(noun)ɪn

    a period when sb rules a country or has great power

    the reign of Queen Victoria

  2. reign(verb)ɪn

    to rule or be very powerful

    Which King reigned the longest?


  1. reign(Noun)

    The exercise of sovereign power.

    England prosperred under Elizabeth's reign.

  2. reign(Noun)

    The period during which a monarch rules.

    The reign of Victoria was a long one.

  3. reign(Verb)

    To exercise sovereign power, or to rule as a monarch

    He reigned in an autocratic manner.

  4. Origin: regnen < and regner, from the verb regno, and the noun regnum

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reign(noun)

    royal authority; supreme power; sovereignty; rule; dominion

  2. Reign(noun)

    the territory or sphere which is reigned over; kingdom; empire; realm; dominion

  3. Reign(noun)

    the time during which a king, queen, or emperor possesses the supreme authority; as, it happened in the reign of Elizabeth

  4. Reign(noun)

    to possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; to exercise government, as a king or emperor;; to hold supreme power; to rule

  5. Reign(noun)

    hence, to be predominant; to prevail

  6. Reign(noun)

    to have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule


  1. Reign

    A reign is the period of a person's or dynasty's occupation of the office of monarch of a nation or of a people or of a spiritual community. In most hereditary monarchies and some elective monarchies there have been no limits on the duration of a sovereign's reign or incumbency, nor is there a term of office. Thus, a reign usually lasts until the monarch dies, unless the monarchy itself is abolished or the monarch abdicates or is deposed. In elective monarchies, there may be a fixed period of time for the duration of the monarch's tenure in office. The term of a reign can be indicated with the abbreviation "r." after a sovereign's name, such as the following:

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reign' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4816

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reign' in Nouns Frequency: #1986

Anagrams of reign

  1. niger, Niger, renig

  2. Niger

  3. Renig

Translations for reign

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to rule, as a king or queen

The king reigned (over his people) for forty years.

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